Sunday, November 28, 2010

Emily of Deep Valley by Mitali Perkins

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Emily of Deep Valley
Harper Perennial Modern Classics; Reprint edition (October 12, 2010)
Mitali Perkins


A word from Mitali: Who In The World Is Mitali Perkins?

That's a good question. I've been trying to figure it out myself, spending most of my life crossing borders.

I was born Mitali Bose in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, and always tried to live up to my name—which means “friendly” in the Bangla language. I had to! Because my family moved so much, it was the only way I could make new friends.

By the time I was 11, I'd lived in Ghana, Cameroon, London, New York and Mexico before settling in California just in time for middle school. Yep, I was the new kid again, in seventh grade, the year everybody barely makes it through.

My biggest lifeline during those early years was story. Books were my rock, my stability, my safe place as I navigated the border between California suburbia and the Bengali culture of my traditional home.

After studying political science at Stanford and public policy at U.C. Berkeley, I taught in middle school, high school and college. When I began to write fiction, my protagonists were often—not surprisingly—strong female characters trying to bridge different cultures.

Mitali Perkins is the author of several books for young people, including SECRET KEEPER (Random House), MONSOON SUMMER (Random House), RICKSHAW GIRL (Charlesbridge), and the FIRST DAUGHTER books (Dutton).


Often cited as Maud Hart Lovelace’s (of Betsy-Tacy fame) best novel, Emily of Deep Valley is now back in print, with a new foreword by acclaimed young adult author Mitali Perkins and new archival material about the characters’ real lives.

Emily Webster, an orphan living with her grandfather, is not like the other girls her age in Deep Valley, Minnesota. The gulf between Emily and her classmates widens even more when they graduate from Deep Valley High School in 1912. Emily longs to go off to college with everyone else, but she can’t leave her grandfather. Emily resigns herself to facing a “lost winter,” but soon decides to stop feeling sorry for herself. And with a new program of study, a growing interest in the Syrian community, and a handsome new teacher at the high school to fill her days, Emily gains more than she ever dreamed...

In addition to her beloved Betsy-Tacy books, Maud Hart Lovelace wrote three more stories set in the fictional town of Deep Valley: Winona’s Pony Cart, Carney’s House Party and Emily of Deep Valley. Longtime fans and new readers alike will be delighted to find the Deep Valley books available again for the first time in many years.

If you would like to browse inside Emily of Deep Valley, go HERE.

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Molly said...

Scheduled to post @Book Reviews by Molly with a mini review of this sweet book as I am currently trying to get this read. :o)

Deanna said...

Posted with review.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Pattie said...
LOVE all the Lovelace books. Thank you!

Heart2Heart said...

My review is up and posted. Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in reviewing so many great books! I can't wait to see what 2011 brings. Merry Christmas!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Ruth said...

Posted, book not yet received but emailed Bonnie about this Monday in the AM. Thanks!

Ernie W. said...

Post is up. Merry Christmas everyone.

Anonymous said...

i'm up! could you please change my name in your records from Heart Scribbling to heartscribblings? :) thanks!

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Jim Thompson said...

Posted at One Small Stone

MJ @ Creative Madness Mama said...

Pam at Daysong Reflections said...

Posted with short review.

Margie Vawter said...

Posted. Review to come later. I loved this book way back when . . . :) I'm looking forward to what Mitali has for today's readers of the Betsy-Tacy books.

Cheryl Klarich said...

Posted with review!

Brittanie said...

Posted with review.

Jasmine said...

Posted! Happy holidays and wishing you a great new year!

April Erwin said...

Mine's up.

Janna said...

Posted and reviewed.

Mocha with Linda said...

Mine posted yesterday. I've just had internet issues and didn't come tell you!

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